Grimes served as a member of the Camden Fire Department for 32 years and
nine months. He joined the department on March 1, 1900 and retired on
December 30, 1932. During the 1910s he was assigned to Engine
Company No. 5 at 14th and Federal
early as 1906 and through at least 1924, the Grimes family lived at 623 Vine
in North Camden.
Richard J. Grimes appears in the 1914 Camden City Directory as a
machinist. He later went to work as a truck driver. In July of 1914 he
enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard. By June 18, 1918 he had been
promoted to the rank of Sergeant. When the National Guard was mobilized
after America entered into World War I, Richard Grimes went on active
duty, serving with the 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. His younger brother Daniel Jr. also served. Sadly, Daniel Grimes
Jr. was badly injured by poison gas while fighting the Germans in
France, and died not long after returning to the United States.
1919 Camden City Directory shows Richard Grimes living at 138 Birch
Street, working as a driver. He was not living with his parents when the
Census was taken in 1920. He began serving with the Camden Fire
Department on May 3, 1920. By the time the 1924 Camden City Directory was
compiled, he had moved back in with his parents at 623 Vine Street.
1920 Daughter Rose was still living with her parents, but
had married Clarence Wurst, who wasn't the boy next door, but was the
boy two doors away, at 617 Vine
street. They remained at that address through at
The 1927 Camden City Directory shows the Grimes family
living at 715 North
10th Street. By 1929 the Grimes family had moved to 3216 Saunders
Street in East Camden.
The neighbors at 3218 was the Nicholas
Romaine family. Nicholas Romaine, like Daniel Grimes, was a Camden
fire fighter. Camden policeman Ralph
Cline lived just around the corner at 379 North 33rd
Street. The Grimes family was still on Saunders Street in April of
1930. By 1931 Daniel Grimes, his wife Elizabeth and son Richard had moved to 2823
Pleasant Street. Fire Department records from 1931 show that Richard
Grimes was still a Camden firefighter.
Grimes passed away on December 11, 1932 and was buried at Calvary
Cemetery in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill), New
Grimes last residence was at 973
Twenty-seventh street. He passed away on June 6, 1933 at the age of 70 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery.